UPDATED FOR 2018
One of the most important aspects of simplifying life is keeping our day to day tasks organized. I have found that if I don’t have these basic tasks planned out and easily accessible, my whole week gets out of whack. When this happens I end up wasting time and money. The result is more stress and more overwhelm.
Becuase planning your days is so important, I was constantly on the hunt for the perfect planner. I searched for one that would allow me to easily organize my basic daily tasks and see my whole week at a glance. As much as I searched, I just couldn’t find one that was quite right.
Rather than admit defeat I decided to create my own.
Why You Need A Planner
As I said above, keeping your day to day tasks organized is essential for simplifying life. Without a plan, things quickly get away from you and chaos ensues. Having a simple planner with all of my daily tasks in one place is essential to staying productive and managing your time well.
Since the entire purpose of this blog is to help you find ways to simplify your life and manage your time well, I am sharing my free printable planner with you.
The Free Printable Planner Details
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I love avoiding waste, so the planner is a simple black and white printable, saving you lots of ink. It is also designed to be printed double-sided, saving you paper.
On the right side page, I have the calendar with a column for me and each of my kiddos. This enables me to see all of our appointments at a glance and make sure everyone gets where they are suppose to be on time. You can just add the names above the columns to customize it.
On the left side, is a place to schedule your meals for the week. This makes it so easy to plan your meals according to your schedule. Below that is a place to write down any phone calls that need to be made for the week. There is also an area to write out any important things you want to remember that week. I added a few lines to write any goals I want to focus on for the week.
To print and assemble the calendar you will need:
1 5 ½ x 8 ½ 3 ring binder, I picked mine up at Staples or you can get one here.
2. A hole punch for 5 ½ x 8 ½ paper, you can get one here.
3. Heavyweight paper or this is the type of paper I used.
4. A paper cutter. This is what I use
Make sure your printer is set to print the pages out in landscape orientation. Print page 1 as a single-sided copy. Print the remaining pages double-sided. After printing, use a paper cutter to cut the pages in the middle of the page. You will want the calendar on the right side of the notebook and the menu on the left side, as you assemble.
I also added a few page protector sheets, like these, and binder pockets like these. I keep my daily cleaning schedule in one of the page protector sheets and various other papers I may need when running errands and on the go.
Being able to see my weekly tasks all at once, not only keeps me organized but saves me time and money. A win, win.
Goal Setting and Life Planner
In addition to being passionate about productivity and time management, I am a firm believer in having and setting clear goals. I talk about the importance of writing down and prioritizing your goals as necessary to achieve them.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive and detailed planner, to help you with goal setting and implementation, then I highly recommend the Living Well Planner, created by the amazing Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less. Ruth says that her planner:
“is designed to help you find the balance you crave, to allow you to be the best version of yourself—the mom and wife and friend and person you want to be—while giving you permission to make your dreams a reality. So much more than just a day planner, it will help you manage, balance, and organize every aspect of your busy life..”
I love that!! The Living Well Planner has detailed pages to help you identify your biggest long-term goals and priorities. In addition, there is a comprehensive framework for breaking your goals down into manageable bites. The planner also allows you to keep track of expenses, birthday, important phone numbers, and prayer requests all in one place. There is also a place to create and implement a monthly cash flow budget. If you are interested in the Living Well Planner you can order a copy here.
Otherwise, you can download your very own copy of my FREE printable planner by clicking here.
As always, live simply, live intentionally and make each day your favorite day!